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England Premier League 2015-2016 Week25 Review

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Matchday 25 came and went but the English Premier League (EPL) showed no signs of settling down – either at the top or the bottom. Such is the strange volatility of this season that no team is looking set to gallop with the title. And with Aston Villa clinching a win out of nothing, it is safe to say that none of the bottom six can sleep well until they are happy. That story is for another day but now we look back at what happened in the weekend.

Leicester’s dream continues!

The romantics’ favorite Leicester City continued to topple the dreams of bigger clubs and the latest to fall wayside is Manchester City. The sea of difference between the two teams in terms of financial power was turned upside down by the Foxes as City were humbled in their own den by 3-1.

Claudio Ranieri’s men proved again that they are second to none when it comes to determination and the dream run continues. In a season where they started with the hope of beating the drop, Leicester are now the clear favorites to clinch the title. Beat that!

For City, this is another low in what has been a season of missed chances. The fact that they are still in contention for the title is a credit to the uncertainties of the league this year.

Can Spurs challenge for the title?

This should be the question on top of everyone’s mind. The surprise dished out by Leicester overshadowed the consistency displayed by Spurs in this season. Their ability to win matches even against stubborn opponents is definitely Champions’ stuff. And they did exactly the same against Watford at home. The challenge ahead of them is to sustain this form and keep the pressure on Foxes. Who knows what’s in store!

Vital wins for the bottom dwellers

Newcastle and Aston Villa picked up maximum points against West Brom and Norwich City respectively. The win comes at a crucial point for Newcastle who upstage Norwich to move out of relegation. Though they are far from the comforts of safety, this should boost Steve McClaren’s bid for survival.

For Aston Villa, the three points must have felt like an oasis. They still are at rock bottom of the table but can they do a Leicester and survive miraculously? Not impossible but will take some doing!

The end of Van Gaal’s top four bid?

Every time Manchester United win a game, Louis Van Gaal would come out and proclaim how his side will make a title run. In reality, his side were chasing the elusive fourth qualification spot for Champions League. Their weekend draw against Chelsea should have all but ended their hopes of finishing in top four.

If the Red Devils are still dreaming of top four, it can only be if Arsenal or Manchester City gift that position. That looks highly unlikely and Van Gaal may kiss his top four hopes goodbye!

And elsewhere…

In other matches, Arsenal got back to winning ways with a facile win over Bournemouth and now look set to challenge for the title. Southampton claimed a crucial win over West Ham in a match between Europe hopefuls while Liverpool floundered a two goal lead to gift a much needed point for relegation fighters Sunderland. Swansea and Palace played a one-all draw while Stoke were surprised at home by Everton – something which not many could achieve this season.

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